Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17 -- tulip transitions

Here's the way my Lilac Wonder tulip looked at 8 a.m. this morning. It had closed back into a bud, which is what tulips often do when brought inside.

By noon, on an unusually warm March day (even inside), the tulip had opened and spread its petals like.... what? In this plastic cup are the original tulip blossom plus some Chinese temple bells and wild mustard flowers that I collected in the morning.

Later in the afternoon (around 3 p.m.) the Lilac Wonder tulip was still wide open, and I had moved its blossom to an inkwell (my previously lost inkwell!), and I had added some Hawera daffodils to the bottle that had previously held the tulip flower and its foliage. This little daffodil isn't wilting; its drooping posture is natural for the species.


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